KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Associated Press) — Singer-songwriter Lainey Wilson has hit the jackpot, as her original and genuine take on country music has made her a hot commodity in the music industry.
The CMT Artists of the Year special, honoring the year’s most impressive newcomers, will premiere this Friday. Alan Jackson, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, was honored with the CMT artist of a lifetime award, and hitmakers Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, and Walker Hayes were all recognized as artists of the year.
Wilson, who has been cast as a regular on the forthcoming season of the hit show “Yellowstone,” attributes her success this year not to chance but to her dogged determination.
“It seems like all my efforts are beginning to pay off,” “said Wilson on the eve of Wednesday’s CMT tape. I’ve been with the company for 11 years, and I couldn’t be happier. Country music is one of my favorite genres. I’m not one to accept “no” for an answer.
This fall will be even more eventful for Wilson, as she enters the November Country Music Association Awards as the most nominated artist. Wilson follows in the footsteps of Glen Campbell, Brad Paisley, and Kacey Musgraves as the only other artists to receive six nominations in their first year at the CMAs.
She’s already started thinking about what to wear on the red carpet, and it will most likely be a combination of her boho country style from the 1970s and tons of vintage jewelry. The upcoming “Bell Bottom Country” album she is releasing explains everything in detail.
In general, I love retro stuff. Six or seven years ago, I finally did what seemed most authentic to me: I started wearing bellbottoms every day “In Wilson’s words.
And she has her plans set in stone.
She announced, “My dad will get to walk the CMA carpet with me.” “After months of illness, he’s now feeling better, and this has given him new hope.
Meanwhile, Pearce has been looking back on her year, which was highlighted by the release of her critically acclaimed album “29: Written in Stone” in 2021.
Her collaboration with Ashley McBryde, “Never Wanted to Be That Girl,” went to the top of the country charts and earned her nominations for multiple awards, including female vocalist of the year from both the CMA and the Academy of Country Music. In addition to being inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, she recently became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
It’s been absolutely incredible “CMT Artists of the Year was taped with comments from Pearce. To paraphrase, “I just really want to make sure that I don’t lose sight of those things and lose sight of the childhood dreams that have come true.”
Last year, Hayes’s pop-country style was introduced to a whole new audience because of the viral success of “Fancy Like,” which also earned him a nomination for a Grammy. While hosting “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” pop singer and model Ciara stumbled upon Hayes and asked if she might join him on a country tune.
The new remix of “Y’All Life” that they collaborated on will be released on Friday and will make its television debut during the special.
“It’s a special world, and I’m so honored to be a part of it; I could pinch myself that I’m here right now in this setting.” “Ciara commented that her husband, NFL quarterback Russell Wilson, was quite fond of the new remix.
Hayes joked that he has been nominated for many awards but has never won any of them. He said that he owes his success to the unwavering support of his label, management, and family.
“It’s a lot of work from a terrific team that believed in something a little unusual,” he remarked. “My group is deserving of this. My family is deserving of this, especially my wife.